Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will sit on the Senate Commerce Committee. Booker, the former mayor of Newark and a rising star in his party, was sworn in Thursday morning by Vice President Joe Biden.
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The fun thing about an oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission is that there is always something for every constituent's pet issue, even if it's only for three minutes. Tuesday's Senate Commerce committee hearing was no exception, dredging up the problem of blackouts caused when cable systems and TV stations can't agree on a carriage fee.
Privacy is about to heat up again in Congress. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Commerce Committee, reintroduced his Do Not Track Online Act, which will give consumers the ability to prevent online companies from tracking them on the Web and using that information for profit.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) may be retiring, but he’s going to go out with a bang. In his formal announcement speech today, the high-ranking Democrat signaled that he intends to “keep up this intensity” until he exits the Senate in 2014. Several times he referred to a “no holds barred approach.”
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), one of the most conservative voices in Congress, said this morning that he is leaving in January to take a position as president of Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
The two new Federal Communications Commissioners, Ajit Pai (R) and Jessica Rosenworcel (D) had their coming out party Wednesday in an oversight hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.
The Federal Communications Commission will soon be at full strength with five commissioners now that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) agreed to lift the hold he put on the two nominees President Obama named last November. The soonest the Senate could vote on Republican Ajit Pai and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel would be May 7, when the chamber returns from a brief recess.
Today's Senate Commerce hearing on the future of online video should have been called The Barry Diller Show. The former broadcast exec-turned-Internet mogul dominated the hearing over the future of online video and what lawmakers should do to ensure its continuing growth.
Broadcast network exec-turned-Internet mogul Barry Diller will take advantage of his appearance before the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday to pitch one of his newest investments, Aereo, a pay TV upstart that streams broadcast channels via the Internet.
Talk about understatement. "Everything about television is changing," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), in announcing the Commerce Committee's hearing next week on "The Emergence of Online Video: Is It the Future?"